Holger Rune Receives Death Threats After Acapulco - Dark Side of Tennis

Holger Rune squandered a 4-2 lead over Casper Ruud in the decider

by Jovica Ilic
Holger Rune Receives Death Threats After Acapulco - Dark Side of Tennis
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The world of professional tennis, like many other sports, has unfortunately been plagued by the actions of certain individuals involved in gambling who resort to threats and intimidation tactics towards players. Holger Rune was the latest victim following his Acapulco semi-final loss to Casper Ruud.

Holger's mother, Aneke, shared a horrible message from one of the gamblers following the match, with an anonymous threatening to take Holger's life! Ruud defeated Rune 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 after two hours and 23 minutes, beating the Dane for the sixth time in seven encounters.

There was not much to separate them, with the Norwegian taking two points more than his younger opponent. They fired almost the same number of service winners and had more winners from the court than unforced errors.

Holger Rune, Acapulco 2024© Matthew Stockman / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Ruud delivered 21 direct points and 17 mistakes, while Rune collected a 34-33 ratio.

Holger struggled to find the first serve, facing nine break points and experiencing four breaks. He earned ten opportunities on the return and seized three, not enough to emerge at the top despite leading 4-2 in the decider.

Holger held at love in the first game of the encounter and converted the fourth break chance in game two to build an early advantage. The Dane fired an ace in the third game, cementing the lead and settling into a fine rhythm.

They served well in the remaining games, with Rune clinching the set with an ace in game nine, holding at love and wrapping up the opener 6-3 in 45 minutes.

Holger Rune lost in Acapulco and received a death threat from a gambler.

In one of the pivotal moments of the match, Casper denied three break chances at 1-1 in the second set and closed the game with a forehand winner.

The Norwegian stepped in on the return in the fourth game, forcing the Dane's mistake and securing a break at 15 that sent him in front. Ruud cemented the advantage with a powerful serve in game five and produced another fine hold two games later for 5-2.

Casper landed an ace in game nine, taking the set 6-3 and forcing a decider after an hour and 25 minutes. After two fluid sets, they battled hard in the third, playing for an hour and producing break chances in six games.

Holger Rune, Acapulco 2024© Matthew Stockman / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Holger grabbed an entertaining point in the fourth game, landing a forehand winner and opening a 3-1 gap.

The Dane squandered a 30-0 lead in the fifth game and lost serve after a loose forehand, bringing the Norwegian back to the positive side. Rune broke again in the sixth game, leading 4-2 and moving closer to the finish line.

Casper stayed focused and pulled the break back in the seventh game with a forehand crosscourt winner, delivering the fourth consecutive break and prolonging the battle. Ruud pushed strong on the return again in the ninth game, forcing Rune's mistake on his third break chance and earning a decisive break that sent him 5-4 in front.

Casper served for the win in game ten and held at love with a service winner, booking a place in the final and making a gambler unhappy. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">😡 Wow, this was an email that Holger Rune’s mother, Aneke, received after his loss to Casper Ruud in Acapulco.<br><br>Absolutely DISGUSTING, this person isn’t a tennis fan, they’re just clearly obsessed with money, and have no morals.

Players and their teams get messages like this… <a href="https://t.co/SCN4q3VLkO">pic.twitter.com/SCN4q3VLkO</a></p>&mdash; Olly 🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Tennis_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Olly_Tennis_/status/1764061953582903745?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 2, 2024</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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